What is a Brow Lift?

As we age, our forehead can become saggy, and our brow furrowed to make us appear tired or worried. A brow lift, sometimes also called a forehead lift, is a procedure to address signs of aging above the eyes to achieve a more youthful appearance.

A brow lift can be used to improve the following:

  • Droopy brows
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Tired or angry appearance

Who is a Candidate?

Men and women who are unhappy with their aging brow and forehead can often benefit from a brow lift. Ideal candidates will be nonsmokers who don’t have any medical conditions that may hinder healing. To learn more about this treatment and if it is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment. During this meeting with Dr. Willis, you will go over your health history and aesthetic goals to determine which treatment option is best for you.


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The Brow Lift Procedure

Brow lift surgery can be performed using a number of different techniques to meet each patient’s individual goals and unique anatomy. These techniques include an endoscopic brow lift, a limited incision brow lift, or a classic brow lift.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

The endoscopic brow lift is becoming increasingly popular among plastic surgeons since it is less invasive than other techniques. During this procedure, very short incisions will be created behind the hairline. A small camera and thin instruments will then be used to lift underlying tissues and reposition muscles of the forehead, as well as remove excess fat and tissue to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Limited Incision Brow Lift

A limited incision brow lift involves a longer incision than an endoscopic brow lift just above each temple behind the hairline. Through these incisions, Dr. Willis will lift and reposition tissues.

Classic Brow Lift

A classic brow lift, also called a coronal brow lift, involves one long incision created from ear to ear behind the hairline. Excess fat, skin, and tissue are then removed, and the skin is repositioned for the desired results.


Brow lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can have a friend or relative drive you home to recover. Sligh discomfort and a feeling of tightness across the forehead may occur, as well as swelling and bruising. About 1-2 weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to driving, and 2-4 weeks after you can return to moderate exercise. Our team will provide you with specific instructions regarding recovery for the best possible results.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if you have any post-op questions or concerns.

Contact Us Today

Individuals in Charlottesville, VA who are interested in learning how a brow lift can benefit them can contact Charlottesville Plastic Surgery for more information. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Willis.

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Can a brow lift be done under local anesthesia?

Local vs. general anesthesia for a brow lift depends on the type of brow lift. Endoscopic brow lifts should be performed under general anesthesia.

Does a brow lift get rid of forehead wrinkles?

A brow lift should help with your forehead wrinkles, but the main goal is to lift the brows into a more favorable position.

Does a facelift include a brow lift?

A facelift does not typically include a brow lift, unless specified by your plastic surgeon.

Does brow lift change eye shape?

A brow lift will give the appearance of a more youthful eye shape. It will also help reduce the amount of upper eyelid skin redundancy.

How do I know if I need a brow lift?

If your brows are at or below the upper orbital rim, then you may be a candidate for a brow lift.

How long do brow lifts last?

A brow lift should be a permanent procedure, but your face and upper lids will continue to age over time even after the procedure.

How long does a brow lift last?

A brow lift should be a permanent procedure, but your face and upper lids will continue to age over time even after the procedure.

Is eyebrow lift surgery painful?

Eyebrow lift surgery is not very painful. You may experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort for the first few days, but the recovery is quite uneventful.

What age should you get a brow lift?

There is no set age for getting a brow lift. If you feel that your upper lids have excessive skin or that your brows have become more flattened and hanging over the lid, then you are likely a candidate for a brow lift.

What is a direct brow lift?

A direct brow lift is excising a ellipse of skin directly above the brow and concealing the scar in a forehead wrinkle or in the upper portion of the hair-bearing brow.

Will brow lift cause hair loss?

A brow lift should not cause hair loss.

Does insurance pay for brow lift?

Insurance will not pay for a brow lift, as this is considered a cosmetic procedure.

How can I lift my eyebrows?

A brow lift is a great option to raise the eyebrows. This can be done endoscopically, where all of the small incisions are hidden in the hairline.

What is endoscopic brow lift?

An endoscopic brow lift raises the eyebrows through small, narrow instruments that access the scalp through small incisions in the hairline.

What is the difference between a brow lift and blepharoplasty?

A brow lift raises the eyebrows and a blepharoplasty excises the excess, saggy skin on the upper lids. Often, these two procedures are performed together.

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